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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: FSG Adult; 3-Volume Slipcased edition edition (Nov. 11 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374531552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374531553
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #420,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 9 2009
Format: Paperback
I have a hard time imagining that any new novel I read this year will fill me as completely as 2666 did. I encourage you to read the book with interest, but without the expectation of perfection.

In 2666, the monumental novel that has brought so much joy to readers since the 18th and 19th centuries returns in the twenty-first century. Roberto Bolano displays enough breadth of vision to give Dickens something to think about. It's hard to describe this book without giving away details that might spoil your pleasure, but it's clear that everything and everybody are connected. That's also part of the attraction . . . because you want to know what all the connections are.

Bolano's 2666 provides a perspective that we don't get often enough in monumental novels, that of a novelist. In Part 1 "The Part about the Critics" we meet four academics who build careers (and indeed personal lives) around a little-appreciated German novelist, Benno von Archimboldi whom they have never met. The author's name alone will give you a clue that not all is as it seems. This story is by turns wicked satire, patronizing descriptions, tendentious morality tale, and hilariously warped view of the academic part of the literary establishment and its goings on. Only the obvious escapes them in their desire for privacy, comfort, career, and avoidance of loss. Before this part ends though, you'll feel like a strong magnet is pulling you and the characters towards an important appointment, one that will initially resist your understanding.

In Part 2 "The Part about Amalfitano" you will get to know Amalfitano who lives with his daughter Rosa in Santa Teresa, Mexico, a border town south of Tucson where sweat shop factories draw willing young workers from all over Mexico.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 4 2009
Format: Hardcover
Bolano, in this major literary work, offers us some incredible insights into the many social, political and metaphysical faces of evil. By the time he is finished with us, we will begin to see the inglorious past, present and future of man's inability to control his violent urges. Structurally, the novel breaks down into a number of smaller chapters that look at how various characters attempt to understand and come to grips with the ugliness of human nature around them. While Bolano seemingly makes it easy for the reader to focus on the eye of the storm - a little flyblown Mexican bordertown near Nogales - where despicable things are happening in spades, he complicates life by introducing a number of different tangents on how violence apparently affects people differently. It is this rich melange of personal views and reactions that makes any attempt to metaphysically appreciate and possibly control our homicidal urges next to impossible. We are who we are because we essentially live to ourselves rather than on behalf of others. The first part of the story covers the actions of some European intellectuals who go in search of a reclusive German author and philosopher who has made it is his life's ambition to understand the human drive to kill. This mission fails because the members of the group get entangled in each other's personal needs to the point of losing track of their original goal: seeking knowledge. Other outsiders, such as a naive journalist in search of the big fight, actually make it to the Ground Zero of this Hell in the little Mexican town of Santa Teresa only to discover that there is something beyond their wildest imaginations: a langorus indifference to violence in its many awful manifestations.Read more ›
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2666 is truly one of the great books of the last century. Sprawling and deceiving, it shows bolano's deft touch and ability to stretch and compress time while somehow keeping the thinnest of threads intact. An unforgettable experience.
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The book came very quickly in the mail but the top half of the middle pages were missing and were also uncut so I couldn't read it and had to return it. It was clear something was wrong with the book before even opening it. I think this probably should have been checked before it was mailed.
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